Capitol Hill Community Post | Free Training and Panel: Public Disclosure Requests 101

Are you curious about public disclosure requests? Intrigued by how exactly Seattle Times’ journalists uncovered how Mayor Durkan’s top staffers used private email accounts to talk head-tax strategy? How, although redacted, public records revealed how the Tacoma Police Department bought and quietly used controversial surveillance equipment? Did you know that not all public disclosure requests have to be in writing?

Free Training & Panel: Public Records 101

At a free training and panel conversation on May 15 at The Summit on Capitol Hill, you can learn the nuts and bolts of requesting public records. This nonpartisan event will feature journalists, organizers, open government advocates and lawyers who will share their expertise related to public disclosure law as well as strategies for filing.

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Capitol Hill Community Post | Capitol Hill CSA – Veggie Boxes

There is no better way to support the farming community, and your healthy eating habits, than purchasing a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm Box. When you purchase a CSA you are not only purchasing farm fresh produce, but you are also making a statement that you care about feeding your family certified organic, ecologically grown vegetables. You are declaring that you care about the sustainability of farm land in the Sammamish Valley.

Ecolibrium’s CSA runs for 20 weeks from mid-June through mid-November. Each week’s box will contain a selection of the freshest from the farm: classic favorites and specialty ingredients all picked at the peak moment of freshness. You will also receive a weekly email containing a recipe to learn how to use some of the more interesting items in your box.

As a CSA Member, you are at the heart of Ecolibrium’s community. It feels essential that we celebrate this connection, so on top of your delicious weekly yield – you will be invited to join all CSA Members for a Fall Harvest Party including a fantastic farm-to-table meal prepared by our in-house Culinary Team. Experience how the farm operates, meet your fellow shareholders, and enjoy a delicious late-summer evening meal on the farm.

The Riveter: Capitol Hill
1517 12th Ave

About Ecolibrium Farms

At Ecolibrium it is our mission to change the way people think about food. What if we brought the same keen sense of discernment we use when making decisions regarding technology, human interaction, or our jobs and schools to the choices we make regarding the food we feed ourselves and our families? At Ecolibrium we grow food, cook food and bring people together around food. We see connections at every step. We believe protecting the land that supports and nourishes our families also strengthens our bodies, our businesses, and our economy. We think of success in terms of generations, not years. A thriving and sustainable agricultural system will support our entire community, feed us and our descendants in perpetuity, and provide a space for people to celebrate and enjoy nature.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Rocket Taco launches brunch

From Rocket Taco

Who can resist a Churro Waffle?

Rocket Taco has officially launched brunch at its 19th Avenue location. Every Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 3:00pm Rocket Taco guests can now order breakfast items, and new boozy drinks from the bar. Some of the new menu items include:

  • Breakfast Tacos with fillings such as egg and bacon, poblanos and cream, and chorizo potato.
  • Huevos Rancheros
  • Chilaquiles
  • Breakfast bowl with cheesy chipotle grits, sautéed kale, and your choice of protein, topped with pico de gallo, and
    a free-range egg.
  • Breakfast Burritos
  • Mollete with Macrina Volkhorn loaf with seasoned smashed avocado, cucumbers, sesame seeds, and a side of mixed greens.
  • Churro Waffles
  • And more.

People looking for Brunch offerings along 19th Ave now have some new flavors to choose from making the area pretty well rounded for diners looking for a lot of variety along the block.

Brunch Menu (PDF) @rocket.taco.seattle

Capitol Hill Community Post | Chabad of Capitol Hill To Host Community Passover Seder

From Chabad of Capitol Hill

Few Jewish holidays evoke the same warm sentiments as Passover. Memories of family and friends gathered as the four cups of wine are poured, the four questions asked and the Matzah served, all contribute to Passover’s popularity in the Jewish community. Bringing the warmth and tradition of this festival to the Capitol Hill Community, Chabad Capitol Hill is inviting all residents to participate in the community Seder to be held on Friday night, April 19 at 7:30 PM.

The Seder take participants through the wondrous liberation of our ancestors from Egyptian bondage, while sharing the relevance and beauty of the age old festival in our modern lives. Included in the Seder will be a gourmet Passover dinner, hand-made Shmurah Matzah from Israel and four cups of fine kosher wine. Experience the Haggadah with song, stories, and spiritual Insights.

“Passover is not simply a celebration of the historic liberation of an ancient people,” said Rabbi Levi Levitin Director of Chabad of Capitol Hill “Passover is about our own personal liberation – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Passover inspires us to break free from the shackles restraining us from reaching new heights – in our lives, relationships and connection with G-d.”

All are welcome to join the community Seder, regardless of Jewish affiliation or background. Reservations can be made online at

Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle Public Schools State of the District Speech 2019, full text

From Seattle Public Schools

As prepared for delivery by Superintendent Denise Juneau ‏in her State of the District address at Seattle Central’s Broadway Performance Hall Tuesday, April 16th 2019.

Equity and Excellence

(Slide 3) Good evening.

Welcome to the State of Seattle School District – we are calling it “Equity and Excellence” – because that is our path forward. I’m Denise Juneau, proud Superintendent and number one fan of our 53,000 students.

Thank you, Angelina and Myhahn for the great introduction.  I guess my reputation of enjoying a good joke has spread across the city.

Also, thank you to Leschi’s student Race and Equity team and Rising Sons representatives for centering tonight’s conversation on the importance of student voice. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Don’t Call Us

Seattle bike attorney Bob Anderton doesn’t want your business, Capitol Hill.

But with just under 10 percent of its residents reporting that they commute by bike, it’s not surprising that Anderton’s firm, Washington Bike Law, takes a lot of calls from the neighborhood’s cyclists.

Anderton believes that drivers should be presumed to be at fault whenever they hit a bicyclist or pedestrian – it just makes sense to put the bulk of responsibility on those who can inflict the greatest pain and suffering. But the unfortunate reality is that, under current state and local laws, if you do get hit, not only will you have to contend with injuries, you may also face an uphill battle trying to prove it wasn’t your fault.

So, here are few tips in advance of Bike Everywhere Month — things that people riding bikes as well as driving cars can do that may help you avoid some of the most common types of collisions.

Dooring is when someone — driver or passenger — opens the door of a motor vehicle into oncoming traffic. Both the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) and Revised Code of Washington (RCW) prohibit opening a door into oncoming traffic “unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so.”

So, don’t ride in the door zone unless you have to. Of course, that is easier said than done: cyclists are allowed to take the full general lane, but even if you’re keeping up with the flow of traffic, or riding just a little slower than people are driving, you’re probably going to get honked at, or maybe even punishment passed.

“We had one client who had what seemed like a really good theory,” Anderton says. “She would ride close to parked cars, but she would always look inside to make sure that nobody was going to open a door. She ended up getting doored by a woman who was crouched down in her seat to grab her bag and who threw her door open while she was still crouched down. Nothing is fool-proof, even if you aren’t a fool.”

If you drive — or ride — in car: The most recent update to Washington State Department of Licensing now recommends opening a car door using a really simple technique called the Dutch Reach.

A left hook is when an oncoming driver turns in front of traffic that is traveling straight. The law says that left-turning drivers (including bicyclists) have a duty to yield to all oncoming traffic. “Liability for left hooks is usually pretty easy to prove,” Anderton explains. “But, the point of impact between the vehicles can strengthen or weaken a case. If you hit the back of a car that turned in front of you, you arguably had more time to react than if the front of the car hits you. If it’s night and you are not using a light, then arguably the driver may have had good reason not to see you.”

If you drive: Left hooks typically happen at higher speeds, and result in more severe injuries. Be especially vigilant about looking for people walking or riding bikes before making your turn.

A right hookis when a driver turning right strikes a bicyclist who is continuing forward. Turning traffic must yield to traffic traveling straight, even if you are going in the same direction. And, SMC prohibits drivers from driving in the bike lane unless they are turning or parking. But there are a lot of variables and different laws that can come into play here.

Liability is usually pretty clear if the driver passes a person riding a bike and cuts them off. It is less clear when traffic is backed up and a bicyclist is riding on the right side of the lane passing cars. prohibits drivers from driving in the bike laneSMC specifically allows bicyclists to pass on the right when it is safe to do so. That last bit “when it is safe to do so” allows drivers (or their insurance companies) to assert that, since they hit you, it wasn’t safe to pass.

If you drive: “Many of the right hooks we’ve seen are because drivers who want to be good Seattlites and stay out of the bike lane until the last minute,” Anderton says. “What drivers should actually do, counterintuitively, is drive in the bike lane for the last half block or so. You have time to look and make sure nobody is there.” Ultimately, slowing down and looking for someone on a bicycles – as well as pedestrians and anyone rolling around town – is going be a lot less stressful than hitting someone, regardless of who is ultimately found liable.

The “when it’s safe to do so” example is just one of many illustrating that the law – even when it ostensibly favors them – is not always friendly for people on bikes. “People always ask, ‘Can I sue for this?’” Anderton says. “Sure, you can, but it might not be a good suit. ‘Can I get a ticket for this?’ Sure, but it might not be a legitimate ticket. You can always make an insurance claim or fight a ticket, but you can’t undo getting in a crash and what you want is to not be in a crash.”

“And you need to use your own judgement, not the law. Because the law sometimes says dumb things. So if you are entitled to do something or even you are not permitted to do something, protect yourself if you can. The first rule of the road is: don’t hurt yourself.”

Washington Bike Law hosts its first Happy Hour on April 18 at Optimism Brewing. The bike lawyers will talk tips for defensive bicycle riding and safer driving, what to do if you witness or are a victim of a crash, and the basics of liability and insurance.

Don’t Door Me! Image by Stephen Schildbach

Capitol Hill Community Post | Public Notice Conover House Landmarks Nomination

From the Department of Neighborhoods

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING OF THE LANDMARKS PRESERVATION BOARD to consider Landmark Nominations for the Following Properties:

 Conover House 1620 16th Avenue

 The Landmarks Preservation Board will consider this nomination at its meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. in Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, Floor L2, Room L2-80 “Boards & Commissions”.  Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Everybody’s Watching: A Seattle Based Sitcom

We’re making a half-hour comedy called, Everybody’s Watching, about the dreams you don’t give up on. Think Community meets Silicon Valley with a hint of Scrubs. The script is written. The actors are cast. The camera is ready. Now we just need to finance our pilot episode — that’s where you come in!

The humans of The Everybody’s Watching Team work in the tech industry for Amazon, General Assembly, Tableau, Microsoft, and [and many more tech giants]. By night, we’re actors, film makers, writers, and directors holding onto hope that the dream of doing work you love, isn’t dead.

We believe this half-hour comedy contains a story that will resonate with many people living and working in a big city — especially Seattle. Everybody’s Watching follows Rob, a Program Manager at the Seattle-based tech giant, Microzon. Even though Rob has a “cool” job, it means nothing to him more than a paycheck. Rob wants to break free of his lifeless corporate job to live out his dream of becoming an actor. But the very corporate job that allows him to live a comfortable lifestyle and fund his passion is also the same corporate job that hinders him from pursuing it.

But the show is not about Rob’s pursuit of acting; it’s about his pursuit to pursue acting.
Rob’s full time job is constantly keeping him from pursuing his acting dream. His perseverance for his passion forces him to live a double life. The more Rob fights the oppression of the corporate structure he’s trapped inside of, his two lives merge more and more together creating a series of extraordinary conflicts that turn normal circumstances in his work and everyday lives into exaggerated theatrical genre-twisting performances.

So, watch our pitch video and dive into the story that we’re hoping to tell. Go watch it! Literally, it will take 3 minutes and 25 seconds from start to finish. Learn more about the campaign and join the team here —>

Capitol Hill Community Post | Communal Passover Seder

On Friday, April 19th, Chabad of Capitol Hill will be hosting an upscale Communal Passover Seder. Come and celebrate the Holiday of Freedom with an authentic traditional Passover Seder in the spirit of family and community. Complete with a gourmet Passover dinner, hand-made Shmurah Matzah and four cups of delicious Kosher wine. Experience the Haggadah (story of the Exodus) with traditional songs, stories and spiritual insights.

Space is limited, reservations are necessary. If you have any questions please contact Rabbi Levi at (206) 898 9361 or Email
To RSVP and for more info click here.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Father seeks sanctuary at Seattle’s Saint Mark’s Cathedral

From Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral
Jaime Rubio Sulficio, father, husband, and community leader, has been received into Sanctuary at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle. He has a United States citizen son and is married to a U.S. citizen. He seeks a legal remedy that would allow for a stay of deportation to Mexico and allow for the reuniting of his family. He sees the prospect of permanent separation as immoral, arbitrary, and unjust, causing long-term hardship to his wife who faces health challenges and inflicting emotional trauma for his son, a tender six years of age. Going into Sanctuary was not an easy choice. “It’s difficult to be apart from my family. I can’t imagine not being able to see my son and wife. I will stay in Sanctuary while we find a legal remedy for my situation,” states Rubio Sulficio.

The Dean of Saint Mark’s Cathedral, The Very Rev. Steven Thomason shares the Cathedral’s decision to accept Jaime into Sanctuary: “From our faith teachings, we are instructed to care for our neighbors as ourselves and to offer hospitality and kindness to people in need. Such as is the case for Jaime. We will stand with Jaime and his family until he is granted the opportunity to return home and restart his construction business.” Continue reading